Leaked confidential RIM roadmap shows launch of BlackBerry 10 handsets
We need to back track a second, as according to the roadmap, the 4G version of the BlackBerry PlayBook will be released before the end of this year, some time in Q4 of 2012. Then, after the first BB 10 handset is launched in Europe and the U.S., a BlackBerry 10 version of the BlackBerry PlayBook will hit the market in the first or second quarter of 2013. That will be followed by an unknown BlackBerry device called Nashville, expected to hit the market in the second or third quarter of next year.
This is just a leaked roadmap, obviously, but the best news for BlackBerry fans waiting to see if the new OS can save BlackBerry from oblivion is that the first phones are expected in Europe and in the States during Q1 of 2013. Unless RIM drops the other shoe, which includes another setback for the launch of the OS, we won't have to wait through the entire year of 2013 to see if what RIM has will enable them to survive.
1. savien808 (Posts: 59; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)
my mom is so hopefull that blackberry doesnt fade away
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5723; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I wonder if RIM will have any market left in the U.S. by the time they release their BB10 handsets in the U.S.? Might explain why they are choosing to launch overseas first.
5. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
They still ahve 17% of the market, it will not disappear that quickly if they can get BB10 right.
6. LiudvikasLTU (Posts: 15; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)
Yeah, I think that Blackberry last chance is BB10 :/
7. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
I'm getting nervous for them. I hope they can pull it off.
8. metoyou (Posts: 277; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Why move BB10 to 2013????? what a stupid move
9. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
i think if amazon will buy RIM it will make a lot more sense... and if Amazon RIM will license its BB10 it will be sweet!!!
but i still hopeful that RIM can survive being independent....
so is nokia! :)
10. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
they should release a BB10 device on Q3 or Q4! because if they dont... they will really loose there market! and if they fall we'll going to se "RIM for SALE"... RIP for being independent....
but microsoft and Google buying RIM is really weird for me... the only thing that will make sense is the BBM... if they will port BBM across android and Windows Phone it will be nice but i think if RIM will be for sale... it could be AMAZON! since amazon is really challenging google....
and IF amazon buy RIM, and if they will license BB10 it would be really sweet!!! now we'll see a very tough competition!!... apple's iOS,google's Android, microsoft's Windows Phone, (maybe) Mozilla's Boot To Gecko, and AMAZON'S RIM BLACKBERRY......
12. snowgator (Posts: 3205; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I think releasing a bad device at this point is worse than no device in 2012. BlackBerry is still making money. Their problem is decreasing profits, not being upside down. They still have good cash reserves and can survive. They have started to go into survival mode, and their sales are dropping quicker than expected. But, truly they can make it to 2013.
Releasing a sub-par device in 2012 though will be devastating. Unlike Google, Microsoft or Apple where income is filtering in from so many other sources, RIM HAS to get BB10 devices right on the first try. They are a mobile company first and only. They have to shoulder the R&D in hardware and software themselves- unlike Google and Microsoft. They only have mobile to offer developers. A bad BB10 offering and they will leave RIM high and dry.
RIM should still be at 15% Smartphone sales in Q1 2013. That gives them a huge base to launch from. Even if it ends up being Q2 of 2013 they can still use their strong base to launch a good device.
A bad device? They are done. At least as they are constructed right now.
11. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
oh and samsung/intel TIZEN/Meego prodigy too! the power of linux is what i love about it!
13. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
Blackberry should continue development on BB10 and make Windows phones. Unlike Nokia, they wouldn't be putting all their eggs in one basket, they would probably get a huge check from MS, and many would love a WP8 handset with a Blackberry QWERTY keyboard.